The Philadelphia Phillies have extended president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski through the 2027 season, the team announced Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know:
- Dombrowski joined the team in December 2020 after runs as general manager of the Red Sox, Tigers, Marlins and Expos.
- The Phillies advanced to the postseason this year for the first time since 2011, winning their eighth league title before falling to the Astros in the World Series.
- Dombrowski is the only head of a baseball operations department to lead four different teams to the World Series, Philadelphia said.
Dombrowski, 66, is the Phillies’ first president of baseball operations. He was hired after the team parted with general manager Matt Klentak.
Over three-plus decades as a president or GM, Dombrowski’s teams have made the playoffs 10 times. They’ve won seven division titles, five league pennants and two World Series.
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Does extending Dombrowski make sense?
Last month, during the postseason, I asked Phillies owner John Middleton how often he thinks about whether hiring Dombrowski was the right choice. His answer was: “Every minute of every day.”
It’s remarkable to think that Dombrowski has now built World Series teams with four different franchises. Nobody else has ever done that with more than two. He’s a Hall of Fame executive with an innate ability to build a winner in just about every way that’s possible. And this extension is Middleton’s way of recognizing what he has. — Stark
What’s next for Dombrowski and the Phillies?
Even though the Phillies made it to the World Series, Dombrowski always viewed his 2022 roster as an imperfect work in progress. It would be a surprise if the Phillies don’t make a big impact this winter, as Dombrowski attempts to add depth — and at least one star free agent.
The Phillies are perfectly positioned to sign one of the big free-agent shortstops after freeing up the $30 million they paid Didi Gregorius and Jean Segura this year. In fact, it would be a shock if that doesn’t happen, because Dombrowski has been one of the best executives of his generation in adding star players wherever he’s gone. — Stark
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